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Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC

1st Sunday of Lent

February 21, 2021
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First Sunday of Lent                                                                     
“As an Open and Affirming church:

      We respect the worth and dignity of all persons who come into our church family regardless of race, age, marital standing, gender, economic status, mental or physical challenges, nationality or sexual
identity.  We promise to support one another in our personal struggles, to understand and accept differences in one another, and pray to strengthen our love and acceptance.”

              “Ornamented Prelude on Forty Days and Forty Nights” - Callahan
            The time is fulfilled.
The kingdom of heaven has drawn near.
     Repent, and believe in the Good News.
The reign of God is at hand.
     Follow Jesus, who calls us to gather others.
For the work has begun.
     Believe in God’s love for you, for the world,
For God sent his Son for us, that we might know eternal life.
     Roll up your sleeves, and be prepared:
The kingdom of heaven has drawn near.                   
HYMN #207                               Just As I Am                Woodworth LM  


Ancient of Days, the earth flooded long ago, and we were given a sign: the rainbow, a reminder that Your covenant is with the whole earth, that You will never again destroy the earth by flood. Yet the world is still broken.  You strive to make it whole. We have failed and fallen short, but You have remained steadfast. Your love for us has never ceased, though we have wandered and sought after the world’s desires. Call us back to Your covenant. Remind us of how You formed the world and made us in Your image. Remind us that we come
from You, and we return to You, and Your promises never end. You may be ancient, but You also make all things new. In Jesus Christ we pray:  Our Father . . .
            Glory to the Creator, the Christ, the Holy Spirit
            Three in One; As it was in the beginning,
            Is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.  Amen.
            May the peace of Christ be with you.
                        And also with you.
SCRIPTURE LESSONS                              Genesis 9:8-17                                                                                                                   Mark 1:9-15
SERMON                                     Knowing God by Heart
HYMN#205            Forty Days and Forty Nights                 Heinlein


HYMN #391             In The Midst of New Dimensions           New Dimensions
POSTLUDE                  “Kyrie I” -  Couperin


Worship Notes

“Ornamented Prelude on Forty Days and Forty Nights” from Lenten Music for Manuals, Set 1, by Charles Callahan, copyright 1990, MorningStar Music Publishers / Birnamwood Publications. All Rights Reserved. One License Song #10-304.1
“Kyrie I” by Francois Couperin (1668-1773). Public Domain. 
Hymn #207, Just As I Am, Charlotte Elliott; Woodworth LM, William Bradbury.  Public Domain
Hymn #205, Forty Days and Forty Nights, George H. Smyttan; Heinlein, attrib. to Martin Herbst. One License #84245
Hymn #391, In The Midst of New Dimensions, New Dimensions, Julian Rush.  NCH
All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal; © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116
Call to worship and prayer of confession (adapted) are from rev-o-lution.org for 21 Feb 2021


We Pray For:   those affected by the CoVID-19; the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; those working to bear the burdens of others, and the healing of:  Stephanie Murray; Anita Ames; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Brian Boldt, Seya Bishop, Janet Allen; Joyce Cook; Duane Witter;; Deb Janda; George McCullen (and wife Arline); George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son); Marj Misovich; Tom Tuzzio (Beth Thompson’s father); Dave Larson; Louis Foster; Levi Melia, and for his parents Charlotte and Drew; Mike Laing; and Steve Gadaree. 

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family of John Wohlleber upon his death on February 16th after battling cancer for 14 months.  A funeral service will be streamed on Saturday, February 27th.  Contact the office if you would like the link in order to "attend."  . 

 The new Flower and Light the Steeple calendars are up and waiting for you to pick a date to celebrate a special occasion or remember a loved one.  You can still provide flowers for the recorded service.  Call the office to check on available dates.

 Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center
It is that time of year when the PNC needs our help to keep our neighbors warm for the winter months. During the month of February our Mission Collection will be for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Fuel Fund.  Thank you in advance, The Mission Committee


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And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.      - Mark 9:4-6 (NRSV)  

       Poor Peter.  I imagine he was starstruck. 
When we come face to face with people we admire, it’s only natural to be at a loss for words. We project on our icons all the best qualities of humanity and forget that they are human beings too. Elijah and Moses were both very human - subject to fear and self-doubt. They cried out to God for help and lamented at how inadequate they were to their calling.  Yet they stand in the glorious light of Christ.
       It’s okay to admire great people. It’s okay to intend to break forth in a psalm of praise equal to the Magnificat or Nunc Dimittis, but wind up offering to build Moses a tent instead.  It’s human. 
       But just remember, you are a child of God, with a calling as holy and unique as that of Moses, or Elijah. You can do great things, just as they did.                                    -Mary Luti   
Global Ministries Prayers for Mexico  God of all people, in this time of cautious hope, we pray for real, systemic change in our justice and immigration system, so that every man, woman, and child from every country and city may seek out a life that is safe and abundant. We pray for our sisters and brothers who still wait at our Southern border, hopeful that their claims will be processed, that their prayers will be answered, that their families will be safe. We pray that you give them strength, hope, nourish- ment, and care during this period of uncertainty, and hold their hearts and their hands in yours. We give thanks for all those who work tirelessly to create a more just and workable immigration system in our country, on interpersonal, institutional, and systemic levels, and ask that you give them strength for this fight. And we ask that you open our hearts and our minds to our neighbors, and help us to see your face in the faces of each person we encounter. Amen

Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm


Zoom Prayer and Coffee Hour
Time: 21 February 2021 at  11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 847 9155 2645
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Our mailing address is:                                         Website:  www.northstoningtonucc.com
89 Main Street, P.O. Box 66  
North Stonington CT  06359

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